Roman Mars and 99% Invisible remember a time when the Soviet Union was a world player, but not in design. We hear about their impassioned effort to recreate designs and manufacture goods- just like the rest of the world.
Jason Arkles was an accomplished puppeteer in the States. When he didn’t get into a special training program in France, he decided to go to Europe anyways. While there, he became enchanted by a beautiful woman named Ana. Jason joined Ana’s troupe of street performers. In fact, he sold all his worldly possessions to follow her. It was this gaggle of odd-balls that lead Jason to his true calling as a sculptor - and a dream job in Florence that he holds to this day.
Barbara Smith Conrad is a gifted mezzo-soprano who, as student at the University of Texas, found herself in a civil rights storm. It happened when Smith was cast opposite a white student. Smith was featured in the PBS documentary, When I Rise.
Mark Gerow was serving with the U.S. Air Force in Japan when he met a young woman named Naomi. Every time he entered Naomi’s house, her grandfather would leave, until one day the grandfather stayed, and told Gerow his story.
During the Vietnam War, many U.S. servicemen found themselves involved with Vietnamese women. Jerry White signed up for the Army, and was eventually stationed in a village outside of Saigon. His first day there the platoon leader warned him about a beautiful girl named Tuyet who was collaborating with the Viet Cong.
Gurden Brewster spent time with the family of Martin Luther King, Jr. when he was a young man. In the summer of 1961 when he was a seminary student, Gurdon volunteered to work at the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta. He stayed with Dr. King's father, Daddy King.
Today marks the 60th anniversary of the first Kinsey Report on Human Sexual Behavior. The identity of many of the participants who divulged the details of their sex lives to Kinsey remains secret. However, one woman decided to shed her anonymity. Also on the show: a man finds photos and letters of a woman he never met, and learning about her becomes a passion of his.
Harry Bernstein was a child in England during World War I. He remembers when people living on his narrow street got word that their son or husband had died, they poured into the street to grieve and be consoled by their neighbors. It was one of the few times Harry can remember that the Jews and Christians on his street came together. The rest of the time, they lived in strict separation - the Jews on one side of the street, Christians on the other. Also on the show: another entry from Ahmed's Diary. And, a woman hears for the first time.